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rare Calypso orchid (Fairy Slipper)

Fathom Five National Marine Park - Flowerpot Island

Open Hours/Seasons

From: May To: October

Hours: 9 am-5 pm

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Fathom Five National Marine Park contains both significant geological and man-made heritage sites such as unusual rock formations, shipwrecks and lighthouses. Flowerpot Island Tour boats visit the shipwrecks before docking at Flowerpot Island. Flowerpot Island cruises last an hour and twenty minutes and passengers may disembark to return on the boat later. A visiting fee is charged by Parks Canada.

Flowerpot Island has two rock pillars on its east side that were created by wave and ice erosion. These sea stacks look like huge flowerpots; hence the name. Flat limestone shelves at water level provide perfect diving and sunbathing platforms. Rock formations show the staggering extent of former post-glacial lake levels that were over 20 metres higher than present levels. Stunted trees tenaciously cling to naked rock - naturally occurring bonsai. Some cedars on the cliffs are over 1,000 years old. Rare Calypso and Striped Coralroot orchids grow along the Marl Trail and bloom between May and June. The island teems with birds, small mammals and harmless garter snakes. Several caves exist on the island, hiking trails lead through forested terrain, and a suspended causeway joins the historic light station with the former lighthouse keeper's house.

The Light Station has two residences, a boathouse and an observation platform. Volunteer hosts run a museum, snack service and visitor centre at the light station. The Museum is beautifully furnished with period decor and historical displays about life on the island for the various families that tended the station. Flowerpot Island has picnic shelters, privies and six camping platforms for hikers. One trail has wheelchair accessible boardwalks and interpretive signs are posted along the way. No fires are allowed on the island.


  • Reservation/Cancellation Policy:

    Campsites must be reserved in advance.

  • Pets

    Pets Allowed:  

    Pets Must be Leashed:  

    Restrictions: limited wheelchair access

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